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Old 08-30-2020, 09:43 AM
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I know there are followers here for both bullets so I'd like your opinion on what choice you would make for elk. I plan on using my 30-06 to fill my tag. I have been shooting Berger 175 gr VLDs and Barnes 180 gr TSXs out of it. Both bullets shoot equally well so that's not an issue. I know full well what the Barnes bullets are capable of. But I am wondering if the Bergers would be better. I believe the Bergers are designed to fragment. Opinions please.

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Old 08-30-2020, 12:10 PM
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I tend to dislike Barnes bullets and tend to like Berger, but given this specific choice - all else being equal for huntable precision - Id take the TTSX over the VLD. The poly-tip driver adds a little extra insurance for expansion, and the solid shank offers added insurance for penetration.
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Old 08-30-2020, 12:54 PM
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For a mono bullet the 168 TTSX BT worked out the best for me on elk sized game when fired from a 30-06. It seemed a better match to the 30-06 than the 180 grain version. I used that combination on one of my Botswana hunts for critters up to the size of eland (app. 2,000 lbs. on the hoof). It worked quite well. I had previously used the TSX and found the TTSX to give more reliable expansion.

I have taken a fair number of elk. A broadside shot on a calm cow is not a problem, but penetration can be a big deal if a "less than ideal" angle shot is required. I now mostly use the Nosler AccuBond bullets for elk. I used the 180 grain AB bullets on the same African game as the 168 Barnes (out of the same 30-06) and prefer them slightly to the TTSX BT 168. I have two elk hunts planned for this season and intend to use a 300 WM with 180 grain AB on one and a 280 with 140 grain AB on the other.
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Old 08-30-2020, 04:39 PM
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Thanks guys. I was leaning toward the Barnes because I have a couple boxes of the TSX on hand and they shoot very well. On a broadside shot on a cow I think either would drop her pretty quickly.
I watched my hunting buddy a couple years ago in Newfoundland drop a bull moose in its tracks hitting it in the shoulder with a 180 gr TSX. And it never got up.
Mine with 180 gr Sierra Game Kings traveled about 50 yards before piling up. But I shot for the lungs and not the shoulder.
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